13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Maureen Johnson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many people are in Starbucks theater when Ginny goes inside?

2. Where is Ginny's first stop?

3. Who is Ortensia?

4. Who is Richard?

5. What does Ginny have to do before she can open the next envelope?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ginny meet Fiona and David and what does Keith tell her about them? How does she feel about Fiona's plans?

2. What is the first thing Ginny sees in Edinburgh and what does Keith say about her going alone? Where does the person she is going to see live?

3. What is strange about the package and what's in the package?

4. What is Ginny's first "assignment"?

5. What does Ginny decide to do to get rid of the tickets she now holds and how many does she give away?

6. How does Ginny and Keith get David in the car when he is drunk?

7. What is Ginny's experience in the theater?

8. What happens when Keith makes a romantic overture to Ginny?

9. Describe the process Ginny goes through to purchase the tickets.

10. What do Ginny and Keith discuss over a beer and coke?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"13 Little Blue Envelopes" belongs to the teen novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the teen novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a teen novel and a historical novel?

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes "13 Little Blue Envelopes" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ginny. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Peg. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Richard. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Over the course of "13 Little Blue Envelopes", Ginny grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "13 Little Blue Envelopes" might be considered a slice of Ginny's larger story of her "coming of age." It might be said that this story is a "bildungsroman" of Ginny Blackstone. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Ginny as she changes from a shy teen to a more confident young woman. What are the significant events that change Ginny?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Ginny's growth throughout "13 Little Blue Envelopes", do you think "13 Little Blue Envelopes" could be considered Ginny's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "13 Little Blue Envelopes" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

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